This week, I got back into it. Not only did I get in all of the running I wanted to do, but I also made it to a yoga class. My first yoga class in almost a year, to be honest. While I certainly felt the long term absence both during and in the days after (especially in the days after!) the class, it also felt really good. I can tell that I’ve lost quite a bit of upper body strength and flexibility, but I’m sure I’ll get that back once I get into a regular yoga habit again.
I also had a race this weekend! It was a brutally hilly 5k and, as a result, it was brutally slow. But I still had a great time and relearned how to race (read: how to suffer) a bit more, so it was good. You’ll hear more about that in my race report later this week.
Tuesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 4.1 miles – this was supposed to be a 6-mile “long” run, but the course I chose was far, far hillier than expected and I knew that 6 just wasn’t going to happen. So I settled for 4 with a nice long walking cool-down afterwards.
Friday: 3 miles – this run didn’t happen in the afternoon as I’d planned because lunch didn’t sit quite right in my belly. I almost gave up on it, but sucked it up and went running in the dark before dinner. As much as I dislike dark evening running, I wound up being glad that I got out there anyway.
Saturday: Yoga – this, in short, kicked my butt. In a good way.
Sunday: 5k race – pro tip: do not take your first yoga class in a year the day before you have a race, because your body won’t want anything to do with running fast at all. It won’t go so far as to openly oppose your decision to race, but it will need some convincing that running fast is, indeed, a good idea.
Total for the week: 13.2 miles (double digits!) and 90 minutes of yoga.